A Suburban Revolution: “My Little Big Idea” Pilot Program
In a bid to embrace participatory democracy and involve local residents in shaping the future of their suburbs, a groundbreaking pilot program, “My Little Big Idea,” is set to launch in the suburbs of Page and Richardson.
This innovative initiative, backed by the 10th Parliamentary and Governing Agreement, aims to foster community engagement and enhance the well-being of residents by providing up to $40,000 per suburb for community-driven projects.
Empowering Residents: Shaping the Future
Inviting residents in Page and Richardson to actively participate in this unique endeavor by sharing their ideas to enhance the well-being and connectivity of their communities. Whether they propose creating a street library, offering fitness or cooking classes, establishing a playgroup, hosting events, or organizing a series of activities, we welcome all ideas with open arms. One winning idea from each suburb will receive the necessary funding to bring it to life.
Community-Driven Selection: The Power of Choice
The destiny of these projects will rest in the hands of the community itself. Community members will actively participate in selecting the winning ideas through a combination of a community panel and a public vote, set to take place later this year.
We will implement the funded projects in 2024, marking a significant stride toward a more empowered and connected community.
A Path to Empowerment: Enhancing Government Decision-Making
Beyond the immediate impact on the two suburbs, the “My Little Big Idea” initiative seeks to explore how residents can actively influence government decisions concerning community support. It builds upon previous innovative programs that have invited input from Canberrans, addressing the specific needs of their neighborhoods.
This initiative aims to integrate participatory approaches into existing budget consultation processes.
Inclusive and Accessible: The Criteria for Funding
To be eligible for funding, project ideas must align with the primary objective of “making your community more connected and resilient.”
They should also be accessible to a diverse range of community members and stakeholders. Detailed criteria and a submission guide are readily available to assist the community throughout the proposal process.
Get Involved: Join the Movement
To learn more about this groundbreaking initiative, submit your own idea, or become part of a community panel, visit www.yoursay.act.gov.au. This is an opportunity for residents to actively shape the future of their neighborhoods, promote well-being, and foster a stronger sense of community.
This pioneering effort to encourage neighborhood democracy underscores the commitment outlined in the 10th Parliamentary and Governing Agreement, highlighting the government’s dedication to empowering communities and fostering a sense of ownership in local development.